Mel Malarkey's Odes & Acts is Lewd, Crude & Shrewd - Raymond Helkio - MyGayToronto
Mel Malarkey's Odes & Acts is Lewd, Crude & Shrewd 15 February 2018.
Charlie Petch has been a fixture of the scene for years and perhaps best known for his touring show Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam, an open mic contest which continues to attract an eclectic assortment of artists that blur the boundaries between poetry, performance and sexual politics. I've been to one of Charlie's slams in New York and the room was as alive as it was packed. A few years ago Charlie brought me in to be one of the judges during a show at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and I was blown away by the often deeply moving works that people performed. One minute I was clapping my hands out of sheer joy and the next I was choked up from being enveloped in someone else's life journey.
Charlie Petch is also known as Mel Malarkey, the spunky saw-playing-alter-ego-diva of spoken word and she has a new offering in the form of Odes &Acts. Part vocal exploration with her band, The Horsefeathers, mixed by Michael Oesch, this spoken word album delivers what I've come to expect from Mel, the unexpected. This vaudevillian journey takes the listener deep into the shrewd, lewd and crude world of theatre embellished by a thoughtful soundscape using instruments such as the sousaphone, fiddle, banjo, piano, musical saw and trumpet. Beneath the silliness, each track contributes to a larger narrative, reminding the listener that living life on the fringes is not just an act of defiance, but an act of love for ourselves.
Listen to the album or find out more about Charlie here